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>> thanks for joining us. >> thank you for company we appreciate your time. we'll welcome to "world news." tonight, big apology from a man who said he's angry, humbled and betrayed. >> i am embarrassed and humiliated. >> new jersey's brash governor, scrambling, after his aides reportedly created a massive four-day traffic jam for politics. thawing out. why are all those pipes in all those homes exploding across the country now? and perk up. good news for coffee drinkers. a surprising study may have you reaching for another cup of coffee. good evening to you on this thursday night. as one of the country's most colorful political leaders makes an apology tour in the middle of a firestorm.
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governor chris christie, already considered a leading contender in the next presidential race, said, today, he is humiliated, that someone on his staff apparently decided to create an epic traffic jam just to play politics. so, he traveled to the scene of the snarl to face the music. and here's abc's white house correspondent, jim avila. >> reporter: a political walk of shame on what he called his worst day as governor. >> we had a good, productive meeting. >> reporter: chris christie, who has made a national reputation for bold, often heated, aggressive politics. today, stepped back and meekly visited ft. lee, new jersey, to ask for forgiveness and tell the mayor he's sorry. >> i am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team. >> reporter: gone are christie's deputy chief of staff, bridget anne kelly, and his political guru, bill stepien. she was doomed by the release of this e-mail.
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time for some traffic problems in ft. lee. sent after ft. lee's mayor endorsed christie's opponent. what came next? day after day of four-hour traffic jams, as commuters tried to cross the george washington bridge to manhattan. choked at a 12-booth toll place after christie's aides and allies shut down two of the only three toll booths, serving cars leaving from ft. lee. backing up streets and creating city-wide gridlock. crippling emergency response. >> i had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution. and i am stunned by the abject stupidity. i'm not happy i was blind sided. i'm not proud i was blind sided. i apologize. >> reporter: it went on and on like that. mea culpa, contrition, emotion, from sadness to shock. and of course, humility. >> heartbreaking to me. >> reporter: the governor taking
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question after question. but after nearly a full two hours, some struggling to remember who got hurt here. ft. lee or chris christie? are you the victim here? >> i'm telling you, that when i ask for an answer from a member of my staff and they lie, they're gone. so, i never had a guess to the conduct, the underlying conduct. if you lie when i ask you a question, you're fired. that's it. >> reporter: christie says his bold, personal style, often characterized as bullying by opponents, should not have paved the way for this type of political retribution by underlings. >> i am who i am. but i'm not a bully. >> reporter: but before he left, a little of that ready to give as good as he gets chris christie. >> did you ever, for even a brief moment, entertain the idea that, perhaps, you should resign? >> oh, god, no. no. that's a crazy question, man. >> reporter: governor christie said before today, he couldn't pick the ft. lee mayor out of a lineup. he just wasn't on his radar. but after tonight's 30-minute face-to-face meeting, with a
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public apology accepted, the mayor said, i guess i'm on his radar now. diane? >> all right. jim avila reporting. thank you, jim. we turn, now, to the anchor of "this week," co-anchor of "good morning america," george stephanopoulos. so, is it over? >> it's definitely not over, diane. but the press conference was close to textbook. the apology came out of the gate. it was unequivocal. it was unhedged. he took action. he exhausted all of the questions over those two hours. this is not over. there's still criminal investigations to go here. there's inspector general investigations to go here. there's subpoenas. a lot more information could come out on this. christie's denial has to hold up. >> but here's the question. he said, of course, he didn't know anything about it. but should you have to tell your staff you would be appalled if commuters are hurt? >> definitely not. and that's the big, big problem here. there's somehow a culture here that told people this was okay.
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it also undercut his credentials as a bipartisan. it undercuts his credentials as a manager. and there's great opportunity costs here, as well. this was supposed to be the year that he started to build toward a presidential race. at best, it's going to cost him time, energy and a lot of goodwill. >> thanks so much, george. it gets stranger and stranger sometimes in politics. thank you. and we turn, now, from a governor feeling the heat to the rest of the country feeling the thaw. the temperatures inching up across the country after that 205,000-mile arctic blast. but tonight, your stories are streaming in to us about all the pipes bursting everywhere. waters rising and the worry about floods. here's abc's steve osunsami on the new mess out there tonight. >> reporter: on lake michigan there were giant balls of ice, rolling onto the shore. but they won't stay there long. from chicago to new orleans, temperatures are rising as much as 40 degrees. river flooding now possible. this was georgia on monday. and this was that same water fountain today. in the south, where the thaw has already started, the warmth is
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revealing disasters. >> i didn't know whether to cry, turn around and go out the door or what to do because i had never saw anything like this before. >> reporter: families have been waking up to sometimes thousands of dollars in damage from frozen water pipes that busted. >> it took out the ceilings in the bathroom and master bath. >> reporter: here's what's happening. water that was trapped in pipes froze and expanded, putting thousands of pounds of pressure on pipes that busted on sunday and monday, started melting on tuesday and wednesday, and are flooding homes tonight. >> it was cascading out from the eaves kind of like a waterfall. and i knew something had burst. >> reporter: flooded families in nashville have to wait. the plumbers are overwhelmed. >> we've been running every day, 24 hours a day now. we're got shifts around the clock. >> reporter: this charter school outside atlanta is recovering from a foot of water. plumber bob brookes says it only takes a tiny break in the plumbing. it's not that big. that flooded this whole place? >> yes.
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>> reporter: he told us that every family should know where the water shutoff valve is located in their house. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. and next here tonight, news about protecting americans at the olympics. authorities are on the alert after some troubling discoveries near the olympic site in sochi, russia, where in just 28 days, america's elite athletes will join the other stars and walk in for the opening ceremony. but tonight, there are extraordinary plans being made to keep them safe. and abc's chief investigative correspondent, brian ross, has those. >> reporter: with american athletes in the final stages of preparation for next month's winter games, there was growing concern, today, by u.s. officials that terrorists will make good on their threats to attack the olympics in the russian city of sochi. >> i think all the ingredients are there, quite honestly. >> reporter: the latest incident came today, a few hours' drive from sochi, in the city of stavropol, where police discovered four vehicles containing dead bodies, two of
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them, booby-trapped with powerful bombs. an apparent tactic to first lure and then kill police. in the last two months, dozens of civilians have been killed in attacks on a train station, and buses. sochi, just 250 miles from the border of islamic terror hotbed chechnya, would be a target-rich environment for similar style attacks. especially, say security experts, the brand-new train stations and trains here that will take athletes and spectators to the ski hills. >> i think these new train stations we have around sochi will be soft targets. >> reporter: u.s. officials say there will be small teams of armed american security officials in the olympic village itself. and the u.s. ski and snowboard teams have already arranged with a private security company for a fleet of aircraft to be on standby, in case there is a need for emergency evacuation in the wake of an attack. >> the events of the last 30 days demonstrates that none of this preparation can be viewed
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as overkill. >> reporter: u.s. olympic officials said today, they were satisfied with security but still very concerned. >> everybody is very heightened on the sensitivities and what's going on. >> reporter: russia says there will be some 40,000 security personnel assigned to make sure sochi is safe. but even so, some u.s. officials told abc news today, they are beginning to lose confidence in the ability of the russians to keep ahead of the threat that could well include targets outside of sochi, such as more train stations or airports, diane. >> and so soon. thank you so much. and now, we move to a surging heroin problem right here in a part of the country you might least expect. tonight, there is a cry for help from vermont, of all places. addiction and overdose on the rise. why there? here's abc's byron pitts. >> reporter: even a pristine place like vermont has a major drug problem. most especially heroin. >> in every corner of our state,
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heroin and opiate drug addiction threatens us. >> reporter: the governor devoted his entire state of the state speech to this one issue. forcefully calling to have this gripping documentary on vermont's drug addiction, shown in schools statewide. >> the first pill i used was a percocet, and vicodin. and then, it moved on to oxycontin. and then, it went to heroin. >> reporter: why vermont? one theory, higher prices in this rural area. that means bigger profits for dealers. nationwide, more people die of drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes. that's triple the number from 1990. as we discovered on a recent ride along with police in new jersey, heroin is cheap and readily available. >> heroin is much, much, cheaper than prescription medication. >> reporter: give me the ratio. >> a 30 milligram oxycodone pill, $30. an 80 milligram oxycontin, $80. a bag of heroin, $4. >> reporter: and now, a governor has joined the chorus of
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concern. america can no longer arrest its way out of its addiction to heroin. byron pitts, abc news, new york. and tonight, for the first time, we are seeing dramatic images of a small plane crash last december in the waters off the coast of hawaii. you can see the plane about to hit the water. it's descending straight down to the ocean, crashing on the surface. we'll watch again because a passenger was recording video as it happened. within moments, the water begins to flood inside of the plane, as the passengers, never yelling, made their way out and clutched to the wing to stay afloat. in the end, one person, a hawaiian health official died. but eight people, including the pilot, were rescued. and next, to cuba tonight. a rare sighting of fidel castro. the former cuban president making his first appearance in nine months. pictures show him at the opening of an art studio in havana. 87 years old, looking frail, walking with a cane. his hair and iconic beard, gray
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and thinning. health problems forced him to hand over power to his brother, raul, in 2006. here, tonight, we have some new research about an ongoing issue in this country, in a nation of coffee drinkers. is coffee good for you? or bad for you? do you need water on the side? and how much coffee crosses a line? here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: for so many, that morning cup of coffee, essential. but for as long as you can remember, you've likely heard from your mother, doctor, or a fitness guru, that your cup of joe will leave you dehydrated. what have you heard about coffee, as far as, like, the downfall of it? the negative potential of coffee? >> the negatives, being jittery. dependency and also dehydrating. >> i would say if i'm drinking coffee that i would generally like to follow the coffee with a water. >> reporter: it's true. caffeine can dehydrate you. but today's study found that wasn't the case when it comes to you drinking moderate amounts of
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coffee. they took a group of men. half drank four, small mugs of coffee a day. half drank four, small glasses of water. then, they switched. at the end of the study, they found no significant difference in their hydration levels. black coffee is made up of 95% water. the bottom line for coffee drinkers, they found four, small mugs per day, shouldn't dehydrate you. this is good news for you. >> great news. absolutely great news. >> reporter: but for a nation in love with java, sticking with that limit may be easier said than done. linsey davis, abc news, new york. next tonight, trapped in the ice. a truck driver frozen to the ground for hours and losing hope. the lifeline and luck that led to his rescue. we're back in just two minutes. your eyes really are unique.
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next, tonight, an astonishing story of survival in the polar blast. a man stuck in the ice. his body stuck and frozen to the ground under his truck for almost eight hours. abc's alex perez on how his last hope led to his rescue. >> reporter: the sun had not yet come up monday morning when tim rutledge pulled his 18-wheeler into this truck stop in whiteland, indiana, to avoid the roads covered in black ice. but he could have never prepared for what happened next. >> it's a story that's hard to tell. >> reporter: the arctic cold froze the truck's brakes. so, rutledge went under the truck to manually release them. that's when the truck lurched, pinning his left arm between the axle. for almost eight hours, rutledge was stuck underneath the truck. although he yelled, no one could hear him. the windchill at the time, nearly 40 degrees below zero. so bitterly cold, his clothes
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froze to the ice and snow on the ground. >> it was so cold and the wind was blowing so much, i went to blink. and my right eye froze -- the eyelid froze shut that fast. >> reporter: back home in florida, his panicked wife, calling him over and over. his phone in his pocket on vibrate. >> that's the only morning he never really called me. so, i just still can't believe that he didn't. >> reporter: all those vibrations caused the phone to fall out of his pocket. using his free arm, he stretched his frozen fingers, desperately reaching and pushing buttons, until he finally activated the voice function and called his boss. paramedic david gabbard quickly arrived and began looking for rutledge. >> it's like trying to find a needle in a haystack in the middle of a snowstorm. >> reporter: paramedics crawling in to pull him out. >> he said he can't move. he's very lethargic. >> i couldn't hold on any longer. that was the last thing i remember saying. >> it was a load and go and get him to the hospital. >> the doctors and the nursing staff were telling me, you know,
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you're -- it's a miracle that you're alive, as long as you were out there. >> reporter: rutledge was released from the hospital today, lucky to be alive. surviving an experience frozen in his mind forever. alex perez, abc news, chicago. >> such an amazing and happy ending. and when we come back, remember that horrible boss from "office space"? >> um, i'm gonna need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow. >> next, the big boss and the truth about who is really the happiest at work. it's our "instant index." ossing. feet...splashing. better things than the joint pain and swelling of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. if you're trying to manage your ra, now may be the time to ask about xeljanz. xeljanz (tofacitinib) is a small pill, not an injection or infusion, for adults with moderate to severe ra
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and finally tonight, something really strange has been happening in the city of seattle. it's a little like the famous movie with tom hanks and meg ryan. but this time, all these women are pouring in from 6,000 miles away. why? here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: in "sleepless in seattle," tom hanks and meg ryan put seattle on the map for lovelorn women everywhere. >> it's you. >> it's me. >> reporter: today, "sleepless in seattle" is back. sort of. this time it's made in china. the blockbuster chinese romantic comedy is called "finding mr. right," about a woman who travels from china to seattle looking for love, just like in the movies.
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>> why do you come to seattle? >> uh, "sleepless in seattle." i love that movie. love it. >> reporter: now, in a weird case of life imitating art -- that's, by the way, all ready sort of imitating american art -- chinese women are flocking to seattle, 6,000 miles across the pacific. >> we have been amazed at the response. this is bigger than "sleepless in seattle." >> reporter: chinese television has been running features about the city and following chinese tourists obsessed with the movie. i thought about coming here one day, then the next day i bought a ticket, this woman says. >> all these young women relate. and they want to come and see if they can find their mr. right in seattle. >> reporter: do you think this is a good place for a chinese woman to find love? >> yeah, i think so. why not? >> reporter: official statistics list more than 150,000 single men in seattle. but the ones we found -- >> it's good news.
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>> reporter: couldn't believe their good fortune. you think the average seattle man is up to the challenge? >> i'm more than up to the challenge. >> reporter: really? >> oh, hell, yeah. >> reporter: hell, yeah. how does the selection of men look so far around seattle? >> really good. >> reporter: neal karlinsky, abc news, speechless in seattle. >> and we thank you, neal. and we thank you for watching. we're always here on "nightline" later. and i'll see you right back here tomorrow night. have a great night. a deadly strain of flu continues to take a toll on the bay area. >> you may have second thoughts about what is on your dinner table tonight what. foster farms is doing to eliminate a cockroach infestation. >> big turnout for a recruitment
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event at target the kinds of jobs that are opening up in the south bay. >> drastic measures california cattle farmers may have to take to deal with the drought we're facing. >> you're going to see people coming into the clinic receiving a flu vaccine. it's best way to protect yourself, and others, from the flu. >> tonight a deadly strain of flu is spreading throughout the bay area. >> we're learning of new flu deaths the total number of confirmed flu deaths is now at least nine with two in marin, and santa clara ask one death in sonoma, alameda and san mateo counties. we are live at san mateo medical center tonight. ama? >> reporter: san mateo county
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has seen a 200% increase in positive flu tests and today they held a news conference to update us on the situation. san mateo county has six flu-related cases and have had one death. a woman in her 40s with under lying medical conditions did die of h1n1. doctors point out it's not too late to get a flu shot. there are other things you can do to help protect yourself in addition to that shot. >> it's important to take preventative action including washing your hands arc voiding contact with sick people, knowing signs of flu and seeing your provider if have you the flu. and taking all antiviral medications as prescribed by your physicians. >> and you're taking a look at a clinic held today in napa. in sonoma county a 23-year-old previously healthy person did die of the flu in z.right now

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